The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired a 68-acre property that includes 390 feet of undeveloped shoreline on the east side of Canandaigua Lake in the town of Middlesex, Yates County. The property adjoins Bare Hill—a scenic landmark that rises more than 800 feet above the lake.
The parcel, formerly owned by Beverly Reed and her brother, Charles, was sold to the Land Trust at significantly less than its appraised fair market value. The Land Trust launched a fund-raising campaign earlier this spring to help pay for the acquisition of the property as well as its maintenance and upkeep.
The project is part of the Land Trust’s ongoing regional capital campaign that seeks to raise $5 million to protect undeveloped shoreline, sensitive stream corridors and other lands important to water quality, wildlife habitat and scenic views. To date, the Land Trust has raised 85 percent of the goal.
The Reed acquisition consists of separate tax parcels and includes two single family homes, which will be sold. The Land Trust’s conservation plan for the property includes creating public accessibility to the lake for low-impact uses such as kayaking, hiking, and bird watching.
This latest project will be the Land Trust’s third acquisition on Bare Hill. In December, the organization acquired 13 acres adjacent to the entrance to Bare Hill State Unique Area. In 2007, the group partnered with the Town of Gorham and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to acquire 96 acres of woodland bordering East Lake Road across from the Rushville water plant.
Elsewhere within the Canandaigua Lake Watershed, the Land Trust has acquired land and conservation easements to secure scenic farmland in the Town of Canandaigua, rugged gorges in the Towns of Naples and Italy, and woodlands bordering the West River and High Tor Wildlife Management Area.